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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Lamuse react to seeing Eudoxie's body?
2. While they are on leave, what does Volpatte remind the rest of the squad of?
3. When the squad's march comes to a halt, there is always a competition for which of the following?
4. How is the Marist brother killed?
5. Why does Barque suggest that the author might have the characters in his book use "big words" instead of speaking naturally?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Near the end of the novel, religious themes are discussed frequently and in a serious fashion. The narrator himself reveals little about his faith or lack thereof, but the things he experiences clearly cause him to begin thinking about such matters in more detail. The men at the refuge discuss this subject in great detail. Appropriately, they ask more questions than they answer.
Part 1) How are religious themes developed throughout the novel. Explain how these themes are first introduced, where they are discussed most thoroughly and how, if at all, they are resolved.
Part 2) Explain the narrator's personal progression in this regard, citing examples to show his changing state of mind and increasing interest in the subject. Citing information from the book, explain why these changes take place.
Part 2) Explain some of the opinions of the poilus and other soldiers about religion and God. Explain how these opinions are consonant with their experiences and other opinions expressed at other points in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
The machine gun is a feared weapon on the battlefield, and rightly so. Its effectiveness is seen in detail in the chapter "Under Fire," and the men discuss it on many occasions. It is the primary reason for the existence of trench warfare, and the cause of most of the misery on which the book centers. The machine gunners themselves represent an almost élite class in the army, being specially favored targets for retribution and looting, and receiving a variety of favors from their own side.
Part 1) Use information from the book to explain what a machine gun is and its impact on warfare in the time of the novel.
Part 2) Explain the men's perceptions and fears about machine guns. Cite specific examples to justify or disprove these perceptions.
Part 3) Discuss some of the ways that machine gunners are treated differently from other soldiers, both by their own forces and by the enemy. Why do these men receive this treatment?
Essay Topic 3
The scale of the war is important to many themes in the novel, and the men of the squad have opportunities to glimpse a portion of its full size. The strategic development of deep fronts that are hundreds of miles long necessitates huge armies, and the drive for advanced and numerically superior firepower requires volumes of weapons and material. The scale of the war makes it difficult for the men to fully understand, and it makes them uninformed pawns in a game far too large to be seen from ground-level.
Part 1) Cite examples from the book to explain how the author establishes the size and scale of the war.
Part 2) Discuss the impact of the scale of the war on the men of Bertrand's squad.
Part 3) Based on information in the book, and in particular the analysis of logical men like Cocon and Bertrand, speculate about the factors that contribute to the necessity of the large force sizes seen in the novel.
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